After news earlier this week that Google was going to make sweeping changes to how it licenses Android within the European Union, The Verge now has the prices Google is going to charge.
EU countries are divided into three tiers, with the highest fees coming in the UK, Sweden, Germany, Norway, and the Netherlands. In those countries, a device with a pixel density higher than 500 ppi would have to pay a $40 fee to license Google’s suite of apps, according to pricing documents. 400 to 500ppi devices would pay a $20 fee, while devices under 400 ppi would pay only $10. In some countries, for lower-end phones, the fee can be as little as $2.50 per device.
That’s quite a bit more than I would’ve thought.
It is only $40 if the vendor chooses to not ship Chrome/Search with the app bundle. Ship Chrome/search and the license is still free.
Google has never prevented an OEM from shipping two browsers. So an OEM could ship Chrome and Edge both today (every Samsung phone ships with two browsers right now). They were simply prevented from making the non-Google browser the default.
Now you can ship with MS Edge as default and leave off Chrome. But if you want Gmail, Play store, maps, etc you have to pay the $40.